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Maine State Museum

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Address: 230 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330-6845
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+1 207-287-2301
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Tue - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00

The museum's four floors of world-class exhibits provide a chance to...

The museum's four floors of world-class exhibits provide a chance to explore and discover the best of Maine, from the Ice Age to the 1960s. The museum is open from Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and all state holidays.

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We got rained out when we came to Augusta for some outdoor activities. We were not sure what to do so we stop by the museum and so glad we did. So much rich history to see here.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Oxford, Massachusetts
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Oxford, Massachusetts
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63 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got rained out when we came to Augusta for some outdoor activities. We were not sure what to do so we stop by the museum and so glad we did. So much rich history to see here.

Thank saskuk
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

We love the Maine State Museum!! We visit several times a year and we always learn something new, our children always enjoy themselves. It is an older building but immaculately cared for and always being updated. The state library and archives are also housed here. The museum focuses on the history of maine its people, animals, transportation, livelihood, industries, family... More 

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Reviewed 15 March 2017

We go there often with my grandchildren. Even the five year old gets right into it. they now have scanvenger hunts that the kids can find things in the museum and that makes the trip so much more fun and exciting for them. Love it and for $1.00 you can spend several hours there. Learn about new things and have... More 

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Fairfield, Maine
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

plan 2 hrs min. to have a good time and learn about the state of Maine History, great place enjoy pleasurably

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Dover Foxcroft, Maine
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

For only $2 each, my husband and I had a very enjoyable 3 hours at the Maine State Museum. There was something for everyone. Who knew Maine has made so many things! The displays are all so well done making you feel that you are transported back to that place in time. By the time you get to the end... More 

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Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

This place is amazing ! Right beside the capitol building I Augusta Maine and a cost of 2$. Amazing collection of Maine Memorabilia and a great view back on life in Maine prior to the tourist revolution ! Do yourself a favor and go if you really want to see what Maine was like and what makes a " Mainer... More 

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Maine, USA
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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

This is a well authenticated and carefully presented collection of Maine and its history. It is a wonderful experience not to be missed when visiting the Augusta area in the beautiful State of Maine!

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Wayne, Maine
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6 reviews
Reviewed 31 December 2016

This was an awesome experience with my grandson. The pace you go through here is up to you, but I would allow a minimum of 4 hours to just see things here, if you want to dabble and discuss, plan for a whole day experience!! Loved it!!!

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Winthrop, Maine
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

I suppose if you have exhausted all of this state's majestic beauty and fun things to do. Or, if you are a grade school teacher in search of a cheap field trip to teach some eager beavers about the history of Maine, then this is the place to go. If it is raining the kind of rain that you cannot... More 

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Reviewed 26 November 2016

All About Maine, Gems,Wildlife,Manufaturing,Tradition, and Culture. This Museum has everything you need to know of maine

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